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Handy (Jam) OrganizationSpot News (1937)

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Dramatization of how photographs are transmitted by wire, an exciting new technology in the 1930s.



This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: Chevrolet Motor Company
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Communication: Wirephotos; Media: Newspapers; Technology

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 4.29 out of 5 stars4.29 out of 5 stars4.29 out of 5 stars4.29 out of 5 stars4.29 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: uniQ - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 21, 2011
Subject: News, out of the box!
Jam Handy film that manages to touch on xerography, television, modems, talkies and telephony in the 1930s! If someone back then had expanded on this in just about ANY direction they would have produced some office machine or process that's considered standard today.

The makeshift telephone hookup is great, but watch out for the acoustic modem set for the candlestick telephone!

Reviewer: stephenw_77 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 26, 2008
Subject: Truly there's nothing new under the sun.
The saying of Solomon that there's nothing new under the sun seems very true here. Before watching this video, I no idea this technology was even thought of -- much less possible so long ago. How wrong I was! I also have to echo previous comments that this really does foreshadow the use of scanning images digitally (and even faxes). Very interesting.

Reviewer: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 13, 2008
Subject: Amazing
As previous reviewers note, it's amazing just how much this film correctly predicts the future, even though it didn't mean to. Facinating to watch, and with great footage of 30's life styles as well.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - June 19, 2005
Subject: "Your cat did WHAT?"
TThis is a fun overview of the (then) new science of transmitting photographs over wire. The film begins in a newsroom, where they're taking calls that I'm sure happen every day, stories about non-behaving cats etc. Suddenly, a call comes in aboiut a car equipped with a plane! And that plane was going to take off while the car was moving! Why that's crazy! Send someone out there! They all react like this was front page news. So someone goes out there, and takes a picture, and because of newfangled technology, they can send it over wires! This is then explained to us, but thankfully, since Jam Handy knows his stuff, this is all explained to us quite simply, and although it's really too over-simplified, we can walk away saying, "Oh, I know how this works!". Really quite fun.

Reviewer: kittyfeet - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 15, 2005
Subject: Ken Burns Effect?
open letter to editor of Studio Monthly (magazine for video makers).

On page 60 of the April 4, 2005 issue of Studio Monthly, Beth Marchant has a great article on archival footage that credits Ken BurnsÃÂ brother Ric Burns with "pioneering the moving still image".

This is a common misnomer. (The effect is even called "The Ken Burns Effect" in the menu of the grandma-ware video program iMovie.)

The Burns brothers make cool flicks, but neither Burns came up with the idea of turning stills into moving footage. This technique has been around almost as long as movies, and certainly years before Ken and Ric Burns were born (1953 and 1955, respectively).

For instance, the 1937 industrial short "Spot News" uses this technique on a newspaper headline. ItÃÂs starts at 8 minutes and 51 seconds in.

This film is available for download on from the Prelinger Archive at
http://www.archive.org/movies/details-db.php?collection=prelinger&collectionid=07837



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Reviewer: jsa78 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 11, 2004
Subject: Very informative!!!
I like this film because, having grown up around computers most of my life, sometimes it's difficult to fathom how something like this was done before modern computers, fax machines, digital scanners, and the internet. I also found it interesting the use of a "modem" to transmit the data over a phone line as well as the application of a neon light much as one would use a laser today. The only way it would have been more impressive to me is if the process would have been digital instead of analog. Plus, I'm sure that this process was what opened the door for Xerographic photocopying, fax machines, scanners, etc. that we use everyday.

Reviewer: djansing - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 6, 2003
Subject: Interesting - a proto-fax machine.
This reminds me of some stuff I read about mechanical television. I had no idea anyone had the capability of sending faxes back in the 1930's, but once you study pre-CRT television, it makes perfect sense. Interesting and informative.

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"DRAMATIZATION OF HOW PICTURES ARE TRANSMITTED BY WIRE." STUNT PICTURED IS AIRPLANE TAKING OFF ROOF OF CAR DRIVING IN DESERT. GOOD MATERIAL NEWSPAPER CITY ROOM AND PRINTING PLANT. VARIOUS STOCK SHOTS.

Ken Smith sez: Much as in AROUND THE CORNER, this Jam Handy film takes a complex technical subject and makes it easy to understand. In this case, it's "the latest miracle in news" -- wire photo transmission. Features a brief appearance by "MacIntyre," who later starred in JUST IMAGINE. Great production and visuals.

CHEVROLET ADVERTISING AUTOMOBILES TRANSPORTATIONS NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHING PRINTING COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA WIREPHOTOS PHOTOGRAPHY TELEPHONES CAMERAS TRUCKS DARKROOMS STUNTS AIRPLANES AIRCRAFT TAKEOFFS DESERTS PRINTING PRESSES EDITORS REPORTERS CITY ROOMS SPEED SLANG
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